Bike Touring Highlight
In Schwalheim, the visitor encounters a special piece of industrial history: the Schwalheimer Rad.
It is one of the largest water wheels in Europe with a diameter of 9.80 m. Since its construction by the Saline Director Sigismund Waitz von Eschen from 1745 to 1748, it has undergone four renovations. The last one was in 2014.
The waterwheel built on the course of the river still fascinates its observer today. The size is imposing and one can almost imagine how it used to work incessantly as part of the salt production facilities. The waterwheel once powered a pumping station with a 1.3 km long wooden linkage, which transported brine to the graduation towers of the Bad Nauheimer Saline. At the same time, the energy can still be felt with each wheel revolution. It still has 84 blades, which are 1.25 m wide.
The waterwheel with the number "Seven" was the largest of the original seven water wheels of the Nauheimer Saline - and is locally affectionately called "Big Wheel". The water art, so the term, was formerly used to power seven water pumps and six printing units. The waterwheel was ahead of its time because it delivered 100 percent renewable energy and did not cause any emissions.
From the beginning, the wheel and the artificial rods were looked after by a so-called art guard, for whom the house on the waterwheel was also built. It still stands there today and takes the visitor to another time. Meanwhile, this care is voluntary.
August 10, 2016
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